Hovland Sets 72-Hole Amateur Mark
June 16, 2019 - 8:23 PM
Viktor Hovland claimed low-amateur honors with a record-setting performance at Pebble. (USGA/Michael Reaves)

Viktor Hovland made history on Sunday, shooting a 4-under-par 67 for a 72-hole total of 280, breaking Jack Nicklaus’ record (282) for lowest score by an amateur in the U.S. Open that had stood for 59 years. “It's obviously cool to perform such a thing,” said Hovland, who finished tied for 12th and five strokes ahead of Brandon Wu for low amateur. “I had a great start today, and it was nice to finish with a birdie and shoot 4 under at a course that I really like.” Hovland is the third player since 1990 to earn low-amateur honors at the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same season, joining Phil Mickelson (1991) and Matt Kuchar (1998). Speaking of Pebble Beach, Hovland is also the first player since 1902 to be low amateur in the U.S. Open on the same course he won the U.S. Amateur (2018). Why was he so successful this week? Mainly because of his driving. Hovland led the field in strokes gained-off the tee, picking up more than eight strokes on the field in that category.